The White House's trust in Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is an open question due to his handling of the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the new attorney general, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. Earnest said that McConnell requested that President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats not push Lynch's nomination through the Senate last year when they were in control of the chamber before Republicans took over in January. McConnell said at the time that he would move on the nomination in regular order, Earnest said. On Sunday, McConnell told CNN that Lynch won't get confirmation until the Senate finishes an anti-trafficking bill now bogged down over a fight on abortion. Earnest said the 128 days with no Senate action on Lynch was "unconscionable" and Republicans were "playing politics" with the nomination.
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